Taxi slams into truck, killing 5

2012-01-30 07:24

Cape Town - Five people were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a stationery truck on the N1 in Kraaifontein on Monday, Western Cape paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said four men and a woman died at the scene. Three people were injured.

"The occupants had been ejected and were found strewn across the road," Jackson said.

"A truck was stationary at the side of the highway in the direction of Cape Town, and a taxi transporting seven people crashed into it."

The accident happened around 04:00 near the Brighton road off-ramp.

"The left side of the taxi was ripped from the body and the force had caused the taxi to spin around and come to a standstill facing the opposite direction."

Two taxi passengers, a man and a woman, and the truck driver were taken to hospital.

Eyewitness News reports that the highway in the direction of Cape Town was closed while officials cleared the scene. Major traffic delays were expected.

- Are you affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts.

  • Ben - 2012-01-30 07:29

    Sad, sad, sad.

      methedex - 2012-01-30 07:34

      Prob had no license...

      Danie - 2012-01-30 08:41

      Yes - and it HAD to be a truck next to the highway....

      procold2 - 2012-01-30 08:42

      what is the common denominator when you hear about a serious accident "TAXI" the gov must some how regulate this industy and fast.

      Janice - 2012-01-30 09:37

      According to KFM it was a caravelle, not a taxi. Very sad!

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-30 13:08

      @Janice - Caravelle is just the name of the vehicle but it can still be a taxi. It is still sad though.

      Sean - 2012-01-30 14:09

      3 Strikes and you're out. Nationalise taxis.

      Sean - 2012-01-30 14:58

      @procold - you took the words right out of my mouth! The bad thing is that one all ways hears about passengers that are killed in the taxi accidents, it seems that the perpetrators "Taxi Drivers" all ways seem to survive the crashes!? Too many people are being killed on our roads especially due to taxis. Many families are broken as a result! This carnage has to get nipped right in it's tail - "Government" that's your responsibility, get your act into gear and fast!

  • methedex - 2012-01-30 07:33

    Always a taxi...

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-01-30 07:36

    Senseless... there are families now who have to cope with this loss... My thoughts are with them...

      Lilian - 2012-01-30 15:32

      Lyndatjie I feel the same it is very sad!!! shame

  • cobie.rossouw - 2012-01-30 07:39

    and the truck was stationary????the taxi was ripped on the left????passing in the yellow line again????

      Arthur - 2012-01-30 07:44

      You may want to re-think this one. If passing in yellow lane, RHS would have been ripped.

      Ingrid - 2012-01-30 07:55

      No Arthur, you should rethink. It was direction Cape Town. The taxis have the filthy habit of "overtaking" in the emergency lane. I have experienced it numerous time when driving long distance.

      Deeteem - 2012-01-30 08:06

      Ingrid wtf ??

      Wayne - 2012-01-30 08:07

      Passing in the yellow line at 04hoo in the morning, You're obviously half asleep. This is a dual road, two lanes with no traffic, only a total idiot can drive into a stationary truck. it's either half asleep, no lights on the taxi, or doing 160km/h, take your pick. RIP pasengers, one day the govt WILL atone for these senseless killings.

      Arthur - 2012-01-30 08:09

      Ingrid, was the taxi perhaps reversing toards CT?

      Merven - 2012-01-30 08:11

      Hehe, good one Arthur.

      don.odendaal - 2012-01-30 08:16

      Ingrid doesn't matter what direction of travel if the truck is parked of to the left i.e in the yellow lane (where if broken down he is supposed to be) then the taxi passing to close to him on his right side will have taken the left side of the taxi off I suspect the taxi driver wasn't paying attention and had his left side over the yellow line and doing 120 to 140 km per hr and couldn't avoid the truck this guy sould be arrested for reckless driving and murder.

      kiri - 2012-01-30 10:59

      any use in speculating on this scale?? truck could have been stationary in yellow lane, left lane, right lane, whatever, without warning reflectors. the caravelle could have passed in whatever lane or could even have been reversing all the way from cape town. who knows and what difference does it make. someone was careless and a lot of people were sadly killed as a result, so can we stop trying to see who is the strongest schemer here

      Deon - 2012-01-31 09:26

      He was probably driving in the emergency lane on the left, swerved to late towards the right. I was a few times overtaken by two taxi's simultaniously on both sides in a single lane road. Charge the taxi driver with murder.

  • robert.c.rogers1 - 2012-01-30 07:44

    Once again a taxi ? when is there going to be action against reckless taxi drivers ? How many more people must be killed , loved ones lost ? One life lost is one too many .

  • Arthur - 2012-01-30 07:47

    A taxi involved? Surely not! These drivers are the pillars of virtue! Like hell they are. When will passengers start rebelling en-masse to prevent the scum from driving like they couldn't care less about other lives.

  • mullervince - 2012-01-30 07:53

    How much people will still die as a result of the ANC government's supported public transport? Innocent people with no alternative public transport. Everyone sees it on a daily basis how little respect these taxi's has for the law, other road users and their passengers. Every week passengers is killed, but the government turns a blind eye.

  • Ingrid - 2012-01-30 07:56

    Was there not a law passed that NO taxi's are allowed on the N1 in CPT?

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-30 07:56

    Another typical day for the taxi industry.....

  • Paulo - 2012-01-30 08:06

    say no more-taxi=bad driving=accident=more than likely death/

      MandrewZA - 2012-01-30 08:14

      We should all report bad and dangerous driving, or vehicles on We can start do something about the problems on the roads, by making people aware of it.

  • Sam.Ancy - 2012-01-30 08:11

    My two cents.. The very same thing nearly happened to me a few years ago. I was coming around a bend on the N1 and didn't see a stationary truck on the side of the road, (a truck takes up more than the yellow line) thankfully there were no cars in the next lane and I was able to swerve at the last minute. The same thing could have happened to the taxi. Don't make assumptions unless you know the entire story.

  • eric.wiese1 - 2012-01-30 08:18

    Was it a "stationery"truck that was stationary?

  • MrGuyT - 2012-01-30 08:20


  • IcemanGP - 2012-01-30 08:38

    Typical bloody taxi breaking the law and driving down the side of the road. Metro police can't do their bloody jobs, they are more interested in Revenue than road safety.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-01-30 08:44

    U know what, this accident is just falling of deaf ears to our transport minister. So long as he is getting paid his fat salary and driving around in his big SUV,he's really not worried. The traffic cops, well they nothing to talk of, they are not doing there jobs properly. U can drive past a traffic deparment at 10 in the morning and will find ten cars or more just parked there. The only time our traffic cops are out in full force is for road blocks to go for the weak target, when there is rugby on at newlands then they are out in force to ticket just to make there monthly targets. Plus I bet you most of our traffic cops own taxis so they wont do anything to those taxi's or there other traffic collegues that own taxis. So as long as our minister is happy and our traffic cops do not do there jobs properly well these accidents are just gonna keep happening.

  • Jason - 2012-01-30 08:47

    This happens daily, its not even news anymore, are we ever going to do something about this?? Oh yes we did we dropped the speed limit - Banana anybody!!

  • Chris Van Der Linde - 2012-01-30 08:58

    Is it ever going to stop? We really need good rail and bus transport links to be set up if we are ever going to see such a drastic decrease in the amount of deaths on our roads!

  • Chris Van Der Linde - 2012-01-30 08:58

    Is it ever going to stop? We really need good rail and bus transport links to be set up if we are ever going to see such a drastic decrease in the amount of deaths on our roads!

  • MarioJamal1 - 2012-01-30 09:00

    Eish, taxi drivers please please relax, we will get there

      Neville - 2012-01-30 11:54

      WHEN ?

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 09:15

    what is this thing they also have with playing there music so loud that everything outside the taxi vibrates, how is anyone supposed to concentrate on driving with that racket, I guess I'm a racist now LOL

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 09:16

    a stationary truck it slammed into, dronkgat teksi driver

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-30 09:20

    ANOTHER TAXI please train these people properly and i cannot for the life of me understand why they are not registered because as it stands now the owner if one of his drivers dont pitch for work call whoever to drive for him . some of these guys dont even have pdp to drive persons or goods.let the owners be compelled to put the reg docs of the driver plus his photo in the taxi that he drives everyday and force them to do advance training to be able to handle this type of situation ,i bet he was on his way back from CISKEI or whereever and he fell asleep behind the wheel

      carli.nel - 2012-01-30 09:55

      Hi Raymond, not to be funny or anything but this was not a normal taxi, it was a mini bus that is privately owned.We were at the accident scene and believe me it was terrible.Right, as said at the scene the people were coming from a party in Durbanville.Still it is not nice to see all those bodies laying there, it is a sad way to die and everybody must stand together and pray for the families that still need to get the sad news.

  • rodney.scholtz - 2012-01-30 09:23

    Micro sleep is contributer and a highly probable factor in this instance when looking at the timeline of the incident. To prevent this prevelant conditions (driver fatigue) from occurring I have been unsuccessful in convincing the local dept of transport to impliment a userfriendly intervention to our taxi industry to lessen the carnage by a ratio of 1 in 4. As long as there are the likes of dinosaurs the likes of rev. Vundla 'running' the dept, there is little hope that South Africans will get access to this dynamic, yet affordable intervention. Every problem has a solution. But; you need intention and ablity to make them work. Both these are lacking in the department of transport. In the case of the rev, it is a case of death before dishonor. Where ego rules people suffer. Solutions are there, but are of little use when not implimented.

  • wredman2 - 2012-01-30 09:40

    Of course if the speed limit was lowered, the occupants of the TAXI would have simply died slower! But we shouldnt worry to much as the families of the dead will be comforted by the knowledge that the government will have a photograph of the taxi speeding some where in the system , and the driver or taxi owner will receive the fine some time in the future, and be made aware of his bad driving! If speeding is such a problem, how come so many people are dying in TAXI's being driven in the wrong lane, driving into oncoming traffic, and in un road worthy vehicles?

  • carli.nel - 2012-01-30 09:48

    This was very sad, my fiance went to go and help as this accident happened right behind our house that is next to N1. It was such a sad morning.My prayers goes out to there family's and I hope the lady that is alive will recover and be ok.

  • Ayanda - 2012-01-30 09:56

    Stationary not stationery

      jjlambrechts - 2012-01-30 16:06

      maybe the truck was loaded with paper and crayons..hehe

  • braamc - 2012-01-30 10:28

    Taxi's they are allowed to drive on the far left (yellow line), that is their lane to overtake. I hope the driver died, rip for the passengers

      carli.nel - 2012-01-30 10:33

      Again so you also know, it was not a taxi.It was a mini bus that was privately owned. Get the facts before making such terrible things. Hope you feel good after that! Sorry but this is uncalled for as we where at the scene and know what happened.

      Erika - 2012-01-30 10:47

      Carli, the thing is, the report says it was a minibus taxi. And we have a general perception of what a minibus taxi is. Not everyone has the time to read all the comments to see if someone gives other facts. We rely on proper reporting for the facts. So don't be so harsh on people for not knowing. Rather write to the reporter to get their facts straight. Having said that - I will still agree with you that it is a bit harsh to say "hope the driver died" because there could be circumstances beyond his control such as a tyre burst or whatever - but usually that is not the case. Condolences to all the loved ones. Tough time ahead.

      Sean - 2012-01-30 15:13

      Can we all meet halfway and call it a people-carrier! ?

  • Rodwyn - 2012-01-30 10:35

    My condolensces to the families of the deceased. This is really sad.

  • alex.malherbe - 2012-01-30 10:40

    did the driver perish? or does he at least get to live with that guilt?poor innocent victims.

  • Carol - 2012-01-30 10:58

    Dis anybody think that maybe the truck is at fault why parked alongside the road at 4h00 was it visible was triangles put out etc.etc. was it broken down or were they sleeping etc.etc. (don't take me wrong I don't like taxi's either but maybe just maybe this time it was not the taxi's fault)

  • Neville - 2012-01-30 11:53

    This morning i saw taxi passing in the emergency lane whilst traffic officer was standing in front , she did nothing to stop them, whilst passing her i see that she was to fat to move from her car , she only activated her blue lights, very sad,

  • Neville - 2012-01-30 12:02

    Mr Carlise is to busy with chappies, want to make money whilst our people is dying on the roads and level crossings , he make all the promisses and want to be the centre of attraction when there is an accident , when everything is over he goes back to his office waiting for another big event where he can be popular , i think he is just lazy, the DA must do something about it period.

  • brenda.leonard2 - 2012-01-30 12:03

    Very Sad what are they coing to do with these taxis the other day we got into a taxi from work he ended up having 23 people in the taxi when is it going to stop the same with the truks on the road we travel it says no truks over 3t mut is never stop.

  • wcventer - 2012-01-30 12:09

    I drove past the accident this morning and it was not a pretty sight at all... It was a Blue Ribbon Bakery Truck and the other vehicle was a Blue Caravelle... Condolences to the families of those who passed in this very horrific accident...

      carli.nel - 2012-01-30 12:16

      Thank you so much for make it clear to everyone that is was a carravelle and not a mini taxi bus. People can be so harsh with words if they dont know the story.

  • comrade.zondi - 2012-01-30 12:13

    URGENT WARNING URGENT WARNING Our Inkosi tokoloshe has found out that the zombie snakes are back. They rub muti on their skins and are invisible. They slither into white taxis and eat the brains of women. The zombie women are evil. Tell everybody and warn them. Eish.

      Leon - 2012-01-30 14:18

      Have you recently gone for psychiatric evaluation?

  • Sproetjies - 2012-01-30 13:26

    Yet TAXI's are still allowed on our roads.... How many people have to die still before they realize that most of the time when there's car accidents, it's something to do with taxi's???????????

  • Sean - 2012-01-30 14:08

    3 strikes and you're out. Nationalise taxis.

  • Leon - 2012-01-30 14:15

    Speed does'nt kill, these kind of drivers are the problem

  • Nadia - 2012-01-30 14:20

    i think there would've had been less deaths IF the metro rail was in MUCH better condition, safer, and if there were more rails in Cape Town... but even that is too dangerous and dodgy...

  • Nedine - 2012-01-30 16:03

    it was truly sad, and NOT a site to start your Monday morning...passed the accedent sceen just before 7am, terrible terrible site, 5 bodies laying accross the road, taxi's, absolutely hate them!!! but you have to ask the question, why was the truck standing on the side of the road? no visibility???

  • Zine.Nomalanga.Makuluma - 2012-01-31 08:11

    Was a micro bus belonging to one of the victims, on their way fron a nyt out...the community of Nyanga is mourning this tragic accident, may their souls RIP. Young people , who were full of life, who wud have thot. Damn , life is too short.

      Nontsikelelo - 2012-02-03 11:02

      I was very close to two guys who were in that accident. Th owner and one of the passengers, they were such happy chaps and it was not a taxi but a privately owned mini bus. May their souls rest in peace.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-01-31 09:11

    Ummmm where's Mr Robin Carlisle on this one... involves a taxi and there's an eery silence from the Western Cape Transport Dept! No it doesn't surprise me!

  • pages:
  • 1